Down At The Statehouse With House Speaker Bosma

By Scott Sarvay
By Max Resnik

March 23, 2011 Updated Mar 23, 2011 at 5:39 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (Indiana’s NewsCenter) –The stalemate continues for the House Democrats, who remain holed up in a hotel in Illinois.

For weeks the Indianapolis Statehouse has been filled with union workers, typically numbering in the thousands. Today however, it was obvious just how much emptier the rotunda in the Statehouse seemed to be as a much a smaller group of union workers protested legislation proposed by State Republicans.

Today also marked the 31st day without the Democrats at the Statehouse. It’s a plateau that House Speaker Brian Bosma (R) referred to as an “embarrassing milestone.” Continued boycott by the Democrats could lead to an eventual special session in Indianapolis. If the special session is called, it could cost taxpayers at least $20 thousand per day.

The biggest issues facing the state legislature are the budget and the redistricting of Congressional Districts. Each has to be completed before the session is adjourned. The session ends at the end of April. Should any boycott continue through June, the state could face a government shutdown July 1.

Bosma says they’ve given the Democrats limitations on bills that the Dems have shared concerns over. He also says they’ve made guarantees on key parliamentary issues. He says they’ve done all they can do. Bosma said, “We’ve initiated fines. No one really wants to do that, but we’re serious about it. Anything we can do to get them to come back and undertake the job that they swore to undertake—everyone stood in this chamber on November 16 and took an oath.”

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